Americas Overseas Garrisons: The Leasehold Empire

Hardcover | January 15, 2000

byChristopher T. Sandars

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America's overseas Garrisons analyses the political and social problems, which arise when American forces are stationed in other countries. The United States, although critical of the British Empire during the Second World War, found itself playing an imperial role in the post-war era in orderto safeguard the security of the west. In building up a global security system, with American troops in Europe, the Far East, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean and the Pacific, the United States came to resemble the former colonial powers. But whereas the colonial empire had established garrisons onterritory acquired by force, the United States was obliged to negotiate basing rights for their troops by negotiating with independent sovereign states. The result was a variety of arrangements with different host nations, in which the American position, and the use America could make of her troopsoverseas, was critically dependant of America's political and historical relationship with the country concerned. The United States has based more troops overseas than any of the colonial empires. However, the terms of the leasehold empire have imposed severe constraints on America's freedom ofmanoeuvre.

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America's overseas Garrisons analyses the political and social problems, which arise when American forces are stationed in other countries. The United States, although critical of the British Empire during the Second World War, found itself playing an imperial role in the post-war era in orderto safeguard the security of the west. In b...

Christopher Sandars is Assistant Under Secretary of State (General Finance), Ministry of Defence. He recently completed a sabbatical year as a Fellow at the Centre of International Affairs at Harvard University.
Format:HardcoverPublished:January 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198296878

ISBN - 13:9780198296874

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Table of Contents

IntroductionA tale of Two EmpiresThe Colonial DimensionThe Revival of War-Time ArrangementsNeo-Colonial BasesFrom Conquest to Containment The Legacy of OccupationFrom Conquest to Containment - AsiaFrom Conquest to Containment EuropeNew Allies in the MediterraneanResistance in the Middle EastThe End of 'Empire'

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`a most readable account of the terms and conditions under which U.S. military forces have been deployed in a variety of host nations since 1945.'Simon Duke, RUSI Journal